Program Overview

Supplemental Instruction Program Overview

Tutoring in ProcessWhat is SI?

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a free academic

assistance program that helps students

incorporate “how to learn” with “what to learn.”

The Supplemental Instruction program targets

historically difficult courses and places an SI

leader inside the classroom.


Is SI remedial?

SI is not for remedial students or courses. SI serves as a “safety net” for students who

want to continue to succeed and thrive in academics, those who want to maintain their

desired GPA, and those who want to improve academically. SI is for everyone enrolled in

the SI course section.  SI is designed to reduce attrition rates and increase retention



Is SI the same as tutoring?

No. SI is designed to work with academic study groups. Tutoring is usually designed for

one-on-one or small group content review. The SI leader knows exactly what the

students cover in class, unlike tutors.  The SI leader serves as a facilitator; they do not

re-teach course material.  No new material is taught in SI sessions; SI encourages critical

thinking, collaborative learning, and study skills.

What do the SI Leaders do?

The SI leaders facilitate three or more group study sessions per week outside of class.

These study sessions are available to all students enrolled in the SI designated course.

The study sessions are voluntary; however, attendance is strongly encouraged. 


What are the SI Leader qualifications?

All SI leaders are paid student workers who have taken the historically difficult course

and succeeded with an A or B in the course; they must also maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA.

All SI leaders are recommended and approved by faculty members and trained in the SI process.


SIWhat is the overall purpose/goal of SI?

Research has proven that students who

attend SI sessions on a consistent

basis improve their final grades by 1/2

to one full letter grade and are

equipped with the necessary course

knowledge to become academically

independent. SI groups focus on critical

thinking skills, study skills, and

communication skills. The ultimate goal

of SI is to help SI participants become

independent critical thinkers with skills that will help them succeed academically.